NSSA’s Salad Shoppe Success Leads to Expansion

i Jul 17th No Comments by

Last fall we shared the story about Classroom 4′s Salad Shoppe program (read full story here). The program was such a resounding success they decided to expand their product line and delivery days. The teachers were able to replicate the program they created for salads and apply it to a new product with the same outcome and success. Now, in addition to Salad Thursdays, Classroom 4 is offering staff Fruit-Yogurt Parfaits on Fridays.

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Each Wednesday staff members get a parfait order form delivered to their desks where they can choose yogurt type, up to 3 mix-in fruits, such as blueberries, honeydew melon, grapes, etc., and whether or not they want granola. When the forms are submitted on Thursday, the Classroom 4 team takes inventory of what is needed to fill the orders and goes shopping for all the ingredients. They keep track of the money and budget so they can make all the necessary purchases.

Friday mornings are spent rinsing, chopping and melon-balling.

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Afterwards a production line is set-up on long tables in the classroom and everyone has a specific job to do: layering yogurt in cups, measuring and dropping in berries, filling separate cups with granola and writing customer names on labels. Students are assigned jobs based on their IEP goals and they are also learning to work as part of a team.

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As with the salad production, health and safety are of paramount importance. The students use special tools for chopping, everyone handling food and containers wears gloves and students are closely monitored during the entire preparation process.

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Everyone’s happy to see the delivery team arrive at their door with their Friday morning fruit parfait.

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Classroom Four’s Salad Shoppe and Fruit-Yogurt Parfait delivery is an excellent illustration of the creativity and ingenuity of our teachers, who are tasked not only with teaching academics but also (and perhaps more importantly) teaching vital skills necessary to navigate and progress through everyday life. With careful assessment of each student’s needs and goals, our teachers created a new and exciting endeavor that combines their students’ academic goals with daily living objectives while generalizing and building upon skills that have already been mastered.

Congratulations on your success, Classroom 4!

NSSA Week in Review: July 9-13

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Welcome back! After a 2-week program break, students, clients and staff returned to NSSA this week for the start of the new year.

Students settled back into familiar classroom routines.

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Adult clients started a new pilot program this week called “Life Long Learning Series” that will run two days a week over the six-week summer program and then throughout the rest of the year with more students and perhaps an additional day. You’ll be reading more about this in a future post but for now we wanted to share some pictures of clients getting right into the program this week.

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A new group of enthusiastic summer interns started.

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Adult clients made new friends at the Elija Farm.

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The NSSA Cafe began serving morning coffee again to happy customers.

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Classroom Four’s Salad Shoppe resumed business.

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And they picked up again with their new Yogurt-Fruit Parfait product that staff can order for Friday mornings. Learn more about this in an upcoming blog post.

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NSSA’s school-based running club started this week. Randy Horowitz, NSSA’s Associate Executive Director of Program Development, and Barell parent Jennifer Prince led the students through some warm-up exercises, an individual run, a couple laps around the playground track with their teachers and a brief cool-down at the end. You’ll be hearing more about the running club soon!

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Jen and Tori from NSSA’s Development Team led adult clients in tie-dying tee shirts for July 28′s Brew-B-Q (are you going?).

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And the week ended up with a visit from Mr. Softee!

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It looks like our summer session is off to a great (and busy!) start. Thanks for sharing it with us and we’ll see you again soon!

NSSA Camp 2018

i Jun 29th No Comments by

NSSA provides a week-long summer respite Camp Program each year for individuals with autism between the ages of five and twenty-one. The Camp Program provides much-needed structure and recreation for over 30 individuals with autism spectrum disorders during a week in June or August when education programs are closed on Long Island and families struggle to keep their loved ones with autism actively engaged in purposeful activities. In addition to developing sports and leisure skills, the camp benefits children with autism by giving them opportunities for social and community integration.

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Campers are kept busy with activities such as swimming under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, arts and crafts, movies, smart-board activities, bouncy houses and water slides, drum class, bowling and field trips to play centers. A special treat is a visit from the Mister Softee ice cream truck.

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It’s such fun each year to see a new batch of campers arrive and get in the swing of things here at NSSA but before we know it the week is over. Thanks to Stacey Agosta for running another successful week of camp…and special thanks to the hard-working camp staff who kept campers safe, occupied and happy!

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See ya next year at Camp NSSA!

NSSA Week in Review: June 18-23

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The last week of the school year was jam-packed with activities here at NSSA!

It was Spirit Week, so there were fun themed dress-up days. Like Hawaiian Day…

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…and Tie Dye Day.

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Classroom 1 wore their tie dye looks to the Riverhead Aquarium that day.

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Some adult clients visited Ralph’s Italian Ices to cool off on the hottest day.

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Adult clients worked on painting projects this week at the Elija Farm. We have some budding artists in Adult Services!

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It was a good year, everybody! We’ll see you all again in summer session!

NSSA Week in Review: June 11-15

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Twinning!

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Spirit Week tie-dying

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Some adult clients going to the movies!

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The NSSA Salad Shoppe has expanded to include yogurt parfaits! More about that next week…

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And to end the week, a sneak peek of an end-of-year pool party…you can look forward to more pictures next week!

Have a great weekend!

A Visit from Carley of Carley’s Kicks for Cure

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Carley Schor (read more about Carley here) came to NSSA to visit her friend T, a Barell student, and donate more iPads to the school, purchased with money from sales of her handpainted sneakers at Carley’s Kicks for Cure. Carley has just graduated from high school and is preparing to leave for her first year of college at The George Washington University in Washington, DC this fall.

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Carley donated three more iPads to NSSA, bringing the total to over 17 iPads for students and a large screen tv for the school!

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Students from the youngest classroom help open all the packages.

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In appreciation of all Carley has done for NSSA over the years we presented her with an engraved plaque and a going-away gift for college.

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J. uses his iPad to say “thank you” to Carley.

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At college, Carley will be in the Human Services & Social Justice Program, preparing to serve people and communities in need. We’re sure Carley will be a success at whatever she does and make a great difference in the world. She has certainly made a generous impact on NSSA!

Thank you for your caring, donations and friendship, Carley!

 

Global Running Day at NSSA

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Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far you run—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you. Run a lap around the block, take your dog for a walk, or meet your friends for a jog along the beach. The important thing is that you have fun being active—and you inspire others to join you.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of Randy Horowitz, NSSA’s new Associate Executive Director of Program Development, NSSA students, clients and staff celebrated Global Running Day by running or walking a couple laps around our playground track. Students and clients made signs in honor of the day, and medals were awarded to all who participated. Everyone had fun at this impromptu break!

And they’re off!!!

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Everyone’s a winner!

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Running for Autism Awareness: NSSA’s 12th Annual Jack’s Run

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In spite of threatening skies, Mother Nature graciously held the rain off til just after the last award was handed out, and NSSA’s 12th Annual Jack’s Run for Autism Awareness went off without a hitch.

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Over 150 runners came out to run and support NSSA.

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Staff, families and even clients participated in the run…

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As well as behind the scenes…

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Jack himself had a great time running!

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There were enthusiastic runners of all ages.

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Congratulations to Overall Winner: 12-year-old Alex Addison and and Top Overall Female: 13-year-old Ishil Kirkhan
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We are grateful to the Miranda and Slone families for starting Jack’s Run 12 years ago in support of their nephew and NSSA.

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We are so appreciative of everyone who helped make this event a success: runners, volunteers, donors, staff and sponsors.

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Thanks to everyone who participated – we look forward to seeing you at future events!

NSSA Ends 2017 with a Flurry of Holiday Activities

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Each December The NSSA Parent Association hosts a holiday party complete with pizza, dessert and live music.

Teachers and direct support professionals enjoy the festive atmosphere while students and clients enjoy lunch and dancing.

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Some of the adult clients have been practicing for weeks to put on a Holiday Singalong, led by teacher assistant Shelley.

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Teachers got in the act, too.

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And everyone else came to watch and sing along!

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As if that wasn’t enough, on Friday, SANTA surprised the boys in Classroom 1 by showing up with gifts for everyone in the room!

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It was quite the way to end 2017…and now classrooms are empty and quiet waiting to be filled again after New Year’s with happy excited voices and activity.

Here’s a little video for you…have a Happy New Year.

Cheers to NSSA’s 19th Annual Wine Tasting & Auction

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NSSA held it’s 19th Annual Wine Tasting & Auction at the beautiful Garden City Country Club on Nov. 4, 2017.

The attendance of friends, families, staff member, volunteers and local residents gave the event a real party atmosphere.

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There were games of chance and auctions with wonderful prizes to be won…

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An amazing buffet…

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As always, we thank Fidele Miranda & Empire Merchants for their generosity in donating a wonderful selection of delicious wines.

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The astounding generosity of guests when it came time to donate using the thermometer app blew us all away – in just a matter of minutes over $19,000 was raised!!! Thank you so much to everyone who donated!

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We also thank Champagne Sponsors, Mary Beth and Pat Miranda, for their generous support – congratulations on another spectacular event.

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Thanks also goes to Rob and Laurie Rogers of Tobay Printing for their ongoing support of NSSA.

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We have so much gratitude to everyone who attended, sponsored, donated, and worked so hard to make this year’s Wine Tasting a success. Thank you all for helping to make the event a success!